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AES San Francisco 2008
Workshop W2

Thursday, October 2, 11:00 am — 1:00 pm

W2 - Archiving and Preservation for Audio Engineers

Konrad Strauss
Chuck Ainlay
George Massenburg
John Spencer

The art of audio recording is 130 years old. Recordings from the late 1890s to the present day have been preserved thanks to the longevity of analog media, but can the same be said for today's digital recordings? Digital storage technology is transient in nature, making lifespan and obsolescence a significant concern. Additionally, digital recordings are usually platform specific; relying on the existence of unique software and hardware platforms, and the practice of nondestructive recording creates a staggering amount of data much of which is redundant or unneeded. This workshop will address the subject of best practices for storage and preservation of digital audio recordings and outline current thinking and archiving strategies from the home studio to the large production facility.